Bardet: I did the time trial with my head rather than my legs

The gaps at a tight Tour de France seemed to widen to a relative abyss on its final weekend. On the podium in the centre of the Stade Vélodrome after stage 20, Chris Froome (Sky) stood bathed in late afternoon sunshine and ensconced in the yellow jersey. Scarcely a hundred yards away, Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) sat slumped against a concrete wall in a tunnel beneath the stands, blinded by the harsh light of the television cameras.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.